Train gates supposed to be in service today

A contractor was to install the crossing gates at the La Sabana train line by 4 a.m. today, and they are supposed to be in service by 6 a.m.

This is the crossing just south of the Gimnasio Nacional in the vicinity of McDonald’s and the Universal store.

These will be the valley rail line’s first crossing gates. The train service has been plagued by accidents, some of them fatal.

The firm Grupo Portafolio is doing the job, and, in addition to gates, there will be lights that flash when a train approaches and a sound to alert motorists.

There is not a lot of distance between the rail line and the end of the Caldera highway, so motorists will have to be careful not to block the six-lane route.

Crossing the rail line to the south gives motorists access to an upscale residential neighborhood and the rest of Sabana Sur as well as what is called the carretera vieja de EscazĂş, a concrete road that runs parallel to the Caldera highway, Ruta 27.

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